Inspiring, touching story

Kurinji Flowers - Clare Flynn

Heart-breaking, moving story of a woman who is exploited by a much older man starting when she was a child and lasting for years.  Society turns against her and she is pressured to make a hasty decision.  As she leaves England for a very different life in India, will she find love and happiness?  Or will the damage to her self-image prevent her from recovery?


I’ve read many novels that took place during WWII; however, none of them were centered in India.  Reading this book has spiked an interest in me to read more about that period of time and the war’s effect on India and its people.   Fascinating background for this story.


This book is written beautifully, with vivid and stunning descriptions of the tea plantation area of South India.  I do think that the book could use some editing as there were a few parts that dragged a bit for me, hence 4 stars instead of 5.  But the plot will pull you in and keep you reading.  Overall, this is a lovely book with wonderful characterization that will tug on your heart strings and some plot twists that will surprise you.  The book in some ways reminded me of “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” and likewise would make a wonderful movie.


This book was given to me by the author in return for an honest review.